Annual Christmas Crap Competition, Starting…Now!

It’s that time of year again!  We’ve finished feasting and opening presents, and most of us will have a few days before bin collections–plenty of time to contemplate the massive amount of packaging waste the holiday season creates.  So, what are you going to do about yours?  If you need a little inspiration or incentive to cut it down a bit, we’ve got ideas for you here.

If your kids are anything like mine, you may find the boxes are more fun than the stuff that came in them.  So we celebrate Boxing day by making something fun out of some of the leftover cardboard boxes.  Last year it was a cardboard robot.  This year… well, I’m going to have to see when the kids tear themselves away from watching School of Rock on the sofa.  If you’d like to try out some cardboard construction of your own, check out Red Ted Art’s Blog for 40 different ideas to create with your own cardboard boxes.

When you’ve finished playing with your cardboard, you can cut this year’s Christmas Cards into next year’s gift tags and maybe cut some of your prettier packaging into garlands for parties later in the year:

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If you still have any energy after all that, don’t forget you can send some of your extra packaging our way!  Check out our donations page for items we can upcycle into cool jewellery and accessories.  As an added bonus (and because we really need the materials) we’re running a “Christmas Crap Competition” from now until 30th January!

The competition is in two parts:

Christmas Crap Conversion:
All readers are encouraged to try their hand at upcycling by converting some of their own packaging and Christmas Crap into something useful, beautiful, or just generally kick-ass.  Email your amazing creations or post links in the comments.  The best creation (chosen by most likes on our facebook page) wins:

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A ring-pull bracelet in the colour of your choice.

Christmas Crap Donations:

Once again, we’re in need of materials to work with. (We can’t eat all the Quality Street ourselves, you know!) So check out our Donate Materials page, rifle through your recycling bins, and get that stuff in the post!  (Or better yet, if you live in Cambridge, pop in!)  It doesn’t matter if it’s ring pulls, Quality Street Wrappers, or even bike chains…  Send us what you can, and we’ll keep it out of landfill and turn it to something cool.  The reader who sends us the most materials by 30th January will win:

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A Quality Street Wrapper Bracelet in your colour choice.

You’ve got your mission–now see if you can’t cut down that mess of packaging before the bin men get here!


Competition Time!

As you may know, if you’ve followed our facebook or Twitter posts, we’ve got a competition going on.  A lovely lady donated to us this group of cuddly animals:

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These guys are, worn, torn, missing bits, and generally not suitable for a charity shop to sell.  But we sure don’t want to put them in the bin!  So our competition is this:  Who can think of the best idea for upcycling these guys?  Answers in the comments (here or on our facebook page) and the winner will be chosen by Re-Creations Cambridge Group next Wednesday.  We’ve had some seriously cool suggestions so far!

Oh, and by the way, the winner will receive one of our super-duper awesome sweet wrapper bracelets like this one:

Come on, you know you want it!

We’ll keep you updated and let you know all about the winner and their stupendous idea later in the week!

————————————————   Update!—————————————————

We have had fabulous suggestions for what to make with these guys, including hot water bottle covers, rucksacks, pet beds, ear muffs and more.  So how to pick a winner?  Well, I carefully made a note of all suggestions and took it to the Wednesday group to decide.  Result:  Ummmmm…  Actually, we got a little (ok a lot) distracted with making rubber moustaches.  And we forgot to pick a winner.

I know, you were on the edge of your seat, right?  So I promise, we’ll do it next week–and we’ll throw in a bonus ‘stache to boot!